Information Systems

Optimize product blending using Excel spreadsheets and LINGO software—Part 1

Coker, A. K., A.K.C. Technology; Alsuhaibani, A., Texas A&M University

Linear programming (LP) is an optimization modelling technique in which a linear function is maximized or minimized when subjected to various constraints.

Business Trends: Attracting digital talent for petrochemicals: You need a new brand strategy

Sanches, M., Airswift

According to Deloitte, the future success of most chemical companies relies on three areas: growth and innovation, performance and cost optimization, and sustainability and the circular economy.

Quantum leap in chemical plant safety and reliability through mobile technology

Murugan, A., Fitiri; Pattabathula, V., SVP Chemical Plant Services

The human factor has played a significant role in chemical plant accidents and production loss incidents over the past 60 yr.

Executive Viewpoint: It was the best of times

Howell, A., Byfield, R., KBC, a Yokogawa Company

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”. Fortunately, this opening line from A Tale of Two Cities does not often present itself as an appropriate analogy to the oil and gas industry. Yet, here we are.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 112: Remote failure analysis consulting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

An article on “Remote training of personnel”1 is interesting and appropriate at this time of COVID-19. It outlines the difficulties in presenting remote training courses and suggests methods that can help.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What are the latest advancements in HPI technologies? This month’s Innovations section details the tools and technologies that are optimizing plant operations.

Implementation of averaging level control using native DCS functions

Gous, G., de Vaal, P., University of Pretoria; van Coller, G., Sasol

When applying averaging level control in a process plant, engineers can typically choose between proportional integral derivative (PID)-based control, such as p-only, gap and non-linear, or a model-based control like optimal averaging level control.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

DeZURIK, a leading valve manufacturer in the industrial and municipal markets, offers a wide variety of valve solutions for environmental wastewater systems, including grey water intake, pump isolation, pump surge control and membrane bioreactor isolation.

Alarm management: A pillar of process safety management

Moreno, C. G., QHSE Institute

The following describes how an adequate implementation of alarm management is a fundamental part in process safety management (PSM).

Leveraging digital technologies to create the smart renewable diesel facility

Harclerode, C., OSIsoft

Many companies are modifying existing crude refineries or building grassroots renewable diesel facilities to produce drop-in, green renewable diesel from a variety of agriculturally derived triglyceride feedstocks.